Latchkey Kids: Unlocking Doors for Children and Their Families

Latchkey Kids: Unlocking Doors for Children and Their Families

Hardcover(2nd ed.)

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A timely look at the problem of unsupervised children and the risks and dangers that can occur is offered in the Second Edition. Thoroughly updated with new research, the authors put the latchkey phenomenon in perspective and attempt to dispel common misconceptions. They detail a variety of alternative care programs that have been successfully implemented in many communities in the United States, including after-school care, childminders, and after-school hotlines. Further they provide some strategies for businesses, government, schools, and libraries that are indirectly faced with significant care-giving responsibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761912590
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/20/1998
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mick Coleman (Ph.D., The University of Georgia), Professor at The University of Georgia, retired from the Department of Human Development and Family Science in 2012. Dr. Coleman's book originated from his involvement in an interdisciplinary teacher training program at the University of Georgia. His duties in this program included teaching the course "Families, Schools and Communities" and supervising student teachers in the public schools. Dr. Coleman has published journal articles, books and training manuals related to family-teacher partnerships. He has also made presentations on this topic at regional, national and international meetings.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction to the Latchkey Phenomenon1
Emergence of Latchkey Kids2
Myths About Latchkey Kids4
Determining the Latchkey Population5
The Magic Age9
Results of Early Responsibility11
What Price Latchkey?14
Looking Ahead16
2.Research on Latchkey Kids and Their Families17
Myth Versus Data18
Children in Latchkey Arrangements20
Studies Describing Latchkey Children20
3.Growth and Development of School-Age Children33
Physical Development35
Cognitive Development38
Social-Emotional Development43
School-Age Children and Adults Outside the Family46
Themes and Issues in Middle Childhood48
Programmatic and Curriculum Implications for School-Age Child Care Programs50
Matching Supervision With Development51
4.Children's Adjustment to Self-Care55
Planning for Self-Care57
Factors in Self-Care Adjustment58
Levels of Self-Care Adjustment65
5.High-Risk Latchkey Children81
Definitions of Latchkey Children With Disabilities83
Implications of Risk Status and Self-Care Responsibilities83
Self-Care for Children With Mild Mental Retardation84
Self-Care for Children With Learning Disabilities86
Self-Care for Children With Physical Disabilities or Sensory Impairments88
Self-Care for Children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders90
Summary Regarding Latchkey Children With Disabilities91
Latchkey Children Living in High-Risk Urban Environments92
Coping With Self-Care in High-Risk Environments93
6.Suggestions for Parents97
Assessing the Safety Buffer98
In-Home Safety Strategies104
Selecting School-Age Child Care Programs108
Community Strategies109
Family Climate111
Building Family Life113
Making the Best of Latchkey Situations114
7.Suggestions for Educators117
Determining Risk Factors119
Classroom Strategies121
Boredom Busters for School-Age Children122
School and Community Strategies129
8.Suggestions for Librarians135
National Survey Results137
History of Library Policy139
Strategies for Librarians140
Strategies for Library Administrators143
Future Research146
9.Suggestions for Researchers149
Defining the Problem151
Sampling and Methodology153
Future Research159
Theoretical Guides for Latchkey Research163
10.Public Policy, Advocacy, and Latchkey Kids171
Children and Their Treatment Through Time172
State of the Child Today173
Emphasis on Prevention174
Cultural Context of Children174
Children Around the World175
Advocacy Movement178
Tools of Advocacy178
Initiating Community Change for Latchkey Kids: An Eight-Step Plan179
Putting the Steps Into Action182
Program Development185
Review of SACC Programs186
The Schools189
Indirect Services191
Appendix 10ALogistical Issues in Developing a Partnership SACC Program193
Appendix 10BSACC Project Philosophy195
Appendix 10CSample Policy and Procedure Guidelines197
Appendix 10DSACC Programming: A Checklist for Program Developers and Parents199
Resource Appendix: Resources on Latchkey Children and Their Families203
About the Authors235

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